LASIK PROCEDURE

LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in the United States. It is a highly effective outpatient procedure used to correct most ranges of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people. These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities, or career options. iLASIK – The Fusion of the Industries Most Stellar Vision Correction Technologies into ONE Premium Procedure  Achieving an excellent visual outcome is dependent on the right choice of treatment and technology, which is why Advanced Laser Vision and Surgical Institute utilizes iLASIK. iLASIK is the most premium LASIK procedure available in the world, with results that are uniquely precise, safe and effective.

LASIK combines the advanced WaveScan® system to captur>e an in-depth evaluation of your eyes, the innovative blade-free Intralase method to create the flap, and the sophisticated VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser system to reshape the cornea. These state-of-the-art technology options, along with our extensive surgical expertise, create an advantage that offers each LASIK patient increased predictability, a safer procedure, and a more precise visual outcome. This new combination of technology is also approved by NASA, the military, and law enforcement – attributing to LASIK’s results.

Understanding LASIK

LASIK surgery corrects or greatly improves three common refractive errors in vision: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (irregular curvature of the cornea). In each of these conditions, light entering the eye through the cornea and lens fails to focus properly on the back of the eye (the retina). The result is blurred vision. LASIK reshapes the cornea and restores good eyesight without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK Candidates

One of the biggest advantages of LASIK eye surgery is that it is safe and effective for the majority of adults. LASIK patients must be at least 18 years old to ensure that the eye has developed fully. The candidate’s vision must have been stable for at least one year before eye surgery, with no eye infection or injury during that time. If there is scarring on the cornea, LASIK is not a good option. In order to be a good candidate for LASIK, the patient cannot have an autoimmune disorder or a history of herpes infections in the eye. Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have eye surgery until after pregnancy and nursing are complete. Individuals with pupils that dilate beyond seven millimeters should explore other eye surgery options, as LASIK will not work well for them.

LASIK Screening

During your FREE LASIK screening, we will perform comprehensive testing to make sure that pursuing LASIK is appropriate you.  A medical and eye history will be taken and several tests will be performed, including:

  • Visual acuity and refractive error measurements

  • Pupil size in low & medium light
  • Corneal topography & Corneal thickness

Once the pre-operative testing is complete, you will meet with a LASIK Counselor to schedule your procedure and discuss fees and payment options.

Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The actual procedure takes approximately 10 minutes per eye. The actual laser time is about 30 seconds to make the flap and anywhere from a few seconds to a minute and a half the change your prescription. The more prescription you have the longer the procedure. The rest of the time is spent preparing your eyes for treatment.

  • How long will I be off work?

    Most people are able to return to work the day after LASIK surgery, but many people who do extensive near tasks or computer work chose to take an extra day off. We consider this real surgery and advise our patients to listen to their eyes. If your vision is not crisp and clear and you spend a lot of time at a computer, take an extra day off of work. If you work at a construction or other site that has a lot of dirt or debris, take an extra day or two to recover.

  • Does it hurt?

    During the actual LASIK procedure there is no pain because anesthetic drops are placed in the eye. A slight pressure sensation may be felt during the creation of the flap, but absolutely no pain is involved in the procedure. Many of our patients tell us that after the procedure is done and the anesthetic drops have worn off, it feels like a bad day with contact lenses as if your eyes are dry, scratchy or irritated. We advise our patients to use Ibuprofen or Extra Strength Tylenol, and to call us if the discomfort worsens after a few hours, as this is very unusual. Dr. Lipsky is available and on call 24 hours a day for our patients.

  • When can I resume normal activities?

    You can resume most normal activities such as driving, working, and mild exercise the day after surgery. We advise patients with high risk leisure activities to wait one week and wear eye protection (kickboxing, karate, basketball, swimming, or other contact sports). Women are advised not to wear eyeliner or mascara for one week post operatively. This is because unlike eye shadow, mascara and eyeliner need to be rubbed off. We also strongly advise our patients to wear protective eyewear when doing potentially hazardous activities.

  • How much experience does the doctor have?

    Our outcomes are better than ever with over a 90% 20/20 or better rate. The day of surgery your vision will be blurry from the water and medications in your eyes. The vision clears over the first 24 hours and you get better quality vision. Most of our patients are 20/20 the day after surgery, but they say it’s not clear yet. The vision gets clearer over the next few days and by our patients 1 week post operative visit they comment – “WOW it’s really clear now!”

  • What kind of vision can I expect?

    Our outcomes are better than ever with over a 90% 20/20 or better rate. The day of surgery your vision will be blurry from the water and medications in your eyes. The vision clears over the first 24 hours and you get better quality vision. Most of our patients are 20/20 the day after surgery, but they say it’s not clear yet. The vision gets clearer over the next few days and by our patients 1 week post operative visit they comment – “WOW it’s really clear now!”

  • Can both eyes be done at once?

    Yes, LASIK is one of the few eye surgeries where it is recommended to have both eyes treated at the same time. Our patients appear to heal faster and easier when both eyes are focused the same way. Most of our patients prefer to have both eyes treated at the same time as it also is easier on their busy lifestyles and causes them less downtime. An exception to this rule may be for patients with extreme prescriptions who have PRK. This procedure while as great as LASIK, tends to heal slower and many people chose to keep one eye working while one eye heals.

  • What are the complications or risks?

    With the new technology of Intralase our patients have a safer procedure with less risk of mechanical problems with Microkeratome Blade surgery. Our new Intra-LASIK procedure is all laser and is Blade Free. Complications with this surgery are rare, but as with any surgical procedure there are risks and benefits. Please contact our office to discuss your concerns. We have our consent form and the VISX FDA booklet available for you to review so you may make an educated decision for surgery.

If you haven’t found what you are looking for, please contact our office at (281) 464-9616 and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.